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Nepali Culture hits Akron

May 15, 2016

A few months ago, I got to spend some time wandering the North Hill community in Akron. North Hill has a lively immigrant community and is quietly becoming a cultural hub of unique restaurants and markets. 

 

Check out some of the photos I made of the Nepali community in Akron (for the Akron Beacon Journal's new magazine, Savor Ohio) and check out the story by Ed Meyer in the first issue--it came out today!

 

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Side note: Nepal is in South Asia and is a landlocked country, struggling with high levels of poverty, hunger and trafficking...thus many Nepali citizens move to the U.S. 

Student Rukmini Luitel stands for a portrait outside of the citizenship class building on North Main Street in Akron, photographed on March 1, 2016. The class is held 4-5 times a week and teaches US history and reading practice to the Bhutanese Community.

Bishnu Subba, President of the Bhutanese Community Association of Akron, watches from his office as students in the Bhutanese refugee community practice US history and reading during their citizenship class on March 1, 2016 on North Main Street in Akron.

Students in the Bhutanese refugee community practice US history and reading during their citizenship class on March 1, 2016 on North Main Street in Akron.

Student Kewal Adhikari sits for a portrait in the citizenship classroom on North Main Street in Akron, photographed on March 1, 2016. The class is held 4-5 times a week and teaches US history and reading practice to the Bhutanese Community.

A customer checks out at Dhimal's Mini Market on E. Cuyahoga Falls Ave. on Wednesday, March 9, 2016 in Akron. Dhimal's Mini Market has been open for a little over a year and is run by a Nepali refugee family who settled in Akron over five years ago. Products range from fresh foods, to ceremonial marriage clothing, religious items, hair and cosmetic products. 

Ganesh Dhimal, 32, works in the clothing section at Dhimal's Mini Market on E. Cuyahoga Falls Ave. on Wednesday, March 9, 2016 in Akron. Many of the Nepali stores in North Hill have a unique assortment of items. Just beyond this clothing area of the store is a produce section. 

Family Groceries, locted on 768 N Main Street in Akron. 

Dhatri Bhattarai teaches US history to the Bhutanese refugee citizenship class on March 1, 2016 on North Main Street in Akron.

Namaste Market regulars interact on Thursday, March 24, 2016. The market is located on 212 E. Cuyahoga Falls Avenue in Akron. 

Hem Rai, 27, stands for a portrait in his restaurant, Nepali Kitchen, on East Cuyahoga Falls Ave. in Akron.

Okra, a common Nepali vegetable, sold at Dhimal's Mini Market on E. Cuyahoga Falls Ave. in Akron. 

Store owner Yoga Dhimal stands for a portrait Dhimal's Mini Market on E. Cuyahoga Falls Ave. on Wednesday, March 9, 2016 in Akron. 

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